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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

Putting the spotlight on mental health in the mining sector

A new guide has been developed to help address concerns about the mental health and wellbeing of those working in the NSW mining sector. The background to the guide’s development is described below by Jaelea Skehan, the Director of the Hunter Institute of Mental Health, and Brian Kelly, Professor of Psychiatry and the interim chair [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

“If we built housing to suit the community’s needs, we might end up with more children at school and more people in work”

The news that Federal Indigenous Affairs Minister Nigel Scullion plans to link priority for social housing in remote areas to school attendance and employment is ringing alarm bells for Paul Dutton, a ‘wiimpitja’ of the Barkindji nation in western NSW. Paul Dutton writes: The Minister’s plan looks like putting the cart before the horse. You [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

A challenge to Australia: make sure every child has access to affordable healthy food

Marie McInerney reports: Here’s a challenge to Australian politicians, leading food retailers like Woolworths and Coles and perhaps consumers: make sure that every child in the country has access to affordable fruit and vegetables by 2017, “whatever their postcode”. It was laid down last week by global health campaigner Alessandro Demaio who says Australia can’t [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare

Healthcare professionals and consumers connected in a virtual forum hosted last week by the Agency for Clinical Innovation (ACI) to showcase innovations making a difference to patient care across rural and regional NSW. Raj Verma from the ACI explains that the Rural Innovations Changing Healthcare (RICH) Forum brought people together who want to make a [...]

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When worlds collide: a tool to help improve journeys for remote Indigenous patients

A new initiative aims to help improve the journeys of patients from remote Indigenous communities. The Managing Two Worlds Together project was presented at the Lowitja Institute’s Continuous Quality Improvement conference in Melbourne yesterday. Marie McInerney reports: The tragic death nearly ten years ago of a frail, elderly Aboriginal man who was left alone at [...]

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Hazelwood open-cut mine fire: a slow burning public health issue?

The health risks of smoke from bushfires are becoming better known – as are the steps to take to reduce harm. However, the fire that has been burning since February 9 in the Hazelwood open-cut mine in Victoria’s LaTrobe Valley – and which may continue to blanket the local community in smoke for weeks, even [...]

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Toxic chemicals and pollutants affect kids’ brain development

Mark Taylor writes: The news that toxic chemicals may be triggering a rise in autism, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) and dyslexia in the United States has rightly prompted concern among parents. But what contaminants are Australian children exposed to that might increase the risk of brain and developmental disorders? In 2006, US researchers Philippe Grandjean and Philip Landrigan [...]

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Worthwhile reading on health inequities, healthy communities and inefficiencies in healthcare

As ever, a multitude of reading is being produced. Here are some interesting pieces you may have missed: Health inequities in Australia A new report by Sharon Friel and Richard Denniss Unfair economic arrangements make us sick provides an interesting look at the link between financial inequities in Australia and health outcomes. The paper looks [...]

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RURAL AND REMOTE HEALTH |

A note to journalists (and others) re access to mental health services in rural and remote areas

When journalists and others are reporting on the difficulties that people in rural and remote areas face in accessing mental health services, it is important to keep the big picture in mind, says Professor Tim Carey, a mental health academic at the Centre for Remote Health in Alice Springs. *** Behind the headlines on rural [...]

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NT lives at risk from the open speed trial

Medical groups are calling on the NT Government to abandon its trial of open speed on the Stuart Highway, which is due to start tomorrow. Dr Christine Connors, Chair of The Royal Australasian College of Physicians NT Committee, says the trial will take a deadly toll. “There is no question that this trial will place [...]

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